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ECE/RCTE/CONF.

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ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF UNIFORM CONDITIONS FOR PERIODICAL
TECHNICAL
INSPECTIONS OF WHEELED VEHICLES AND THE
RECIPROCAL RECOGNITION OF SUCH INSPECTIONS

DONE AT VIENNA ON 13 NOVEMBER 1997

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RECOGNIZING the growth of road traffic and the resultant increase in danger and nuisance which presents all Contracting Parties with safety and environmental problems of a similar nature and seriousness. The Rules shall be established through an Administrative Committee made up of all the Contracting Parties in conformity with the Rules of Procedure set out in Appendix 1 and on the basis of the following paragraphs and articles. HAVE AGREED as follows: Article 1 The Contracting Parties shall establish Rules for periodical technical inspections of wheeled vehicles registered or taken into service in their territory and shall reciprocally recognize the inspections carried out in accordance with those Rules.ECE/RCTE/CONF. WHEREAS the fixing of the date of application of the measure referred to in this Agreement should allow time for the administrative and technical arrangements required for carrying out the tests to be set up or extended in scope. . whereas the present systems of testing vary from one territory to another. WHEREAS the time needed to carry out such Periodical Technical Inspections of certain wheeled vehicles and the expense thereby incurred are factors which can affect the competitive conditions between road- transport operators in the territories of the Contracting Parties. DESIRING to achieve greater uniformity in the rules governing road traffic in Europe and to ensure a higher level of safety and protection of the environment. WHEREAS it is therefore necessary to harmonize as far as possible the frequency of tests and the compulsory items to be tested./4 page 2 AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF UNIFORM CONDITIONS FOR PERIODICAL TECHNICAL INSPECTIONS OF WHEELED VEHICLES AND THE RECIPROCAL RECOGNITION OF SUCH INSPECTIONS Preamble THE CONTRACTING PARTIES. DESIRING to define for this purpose uniform conditions on Periodical Technical Inspections of wheeled vehicles that it will suffice for these vehicles to fulfil in order to be certified in their countries.

The Rule will be considered as adopted unless. A Rule. that the wheeled vehicle conforms to the requirements of the given Rules. (b) the equipment and/or parts to be inspected. Article 2 1. include references to the test centres . (c) Test methods by which any performance requirements are to be demonstrated. if needed. the term "rules for periodical technical inspections of wheeled vehicles" shall include provisions for the proof of the periodical administrative uniform procedure by which the competent authorities of a Contracting Party declare. As soon as possible thereafter the Secretary- General shall give notification of this Rule to the Contracting Parties. after the required verifications have been carried out./4 page 3 For the purposes of this Agreement. more than one-third of the Contracting Parties at the time of notification have informed the Secretary-General of their disagreement with the Rule. shall be communicated by the Administrative Committee to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. (d) Conditions for granting inspection certificate and their reciprocal recognition (e) The date(s) on which the Rule enters into force. within a period of six months from its notification by the Secretary-General. The Rule shall cover the following: (a) the categories of wheeled vehicles concerned and the frequency of its inspection. hereinafter called "Secretary-General". ECE/RCTE/CONF. the term "technical inspection" shall include the inspection of any equipment and parts which are used on wheeled vehicles and whose characteristics have a bearing on road safety. As proof shall serve a technical inspection certificate the model of which is reproduced in Appendix 2 to this Agreement. the term "wheeled vehicles" shall include any motor vehicles and their trailers. after having been established in accordance with the procedure indicated in Appendix 1. The Rule may. protection of the environment and energy saving.

If./4 page 4 accredited by the competent authorities where the inspections of wheeled vehicles may be carried out. The adopted Rule shall enter into force on the date(s) specified therein as a Rule annexed to this Agreement for all Contracting Parties which did not notify their disagreement. specifying which Contracting Parties have objected and in respect of which the Rule shall not enter into force. Any Contracting Party not applying a Rule may at any time notify the Secretary-General that it intends henceforth to apply it. when depositing its instrument of accession. 2. 5. . The Secretary-General shall notify all the Contracting Parties of every entry into force of a Rule for a new Contracting Party effected in accordance with the terms of this paragraph. subject to one year's notice.ECE/RCTE/CONF. the procedure laid down in paragraphs 1. The Contracting Parties for which a Rule is in force shall hereinafter be referred to as "the Contracting Parties applying a Rule. 3. Such notification shall be communicated by the Secretary-General to the other Contracting Parties. the Secretary-General shall communicate such draft rule to the new Contracting Party and the draft shall enter into force as a Rule for the new Contracting Party only on the conditions specified in paragraph 3 of this Article. Any new Contracting Party may. Any Contracting Party applying a Rule may at any time notify the Secretary-General." 8. When a Rule has been adopted the Secretary-General shall so notify as soon as possible all the Contracting Parties. that its administration intends to cease applying it. the time allowed being counted from the date of the communication of the draft to that Party. declare that it is not bound by certain Rules then annexed to this Agreement or that it is not bound by any of them. 6. at that time. 7. The Rules annexed to this Agreement as Addenda to this Agreement shall form an integral part thereof. 2 and 3 of this Article is in progress for a draft rule. The Secretary-General shall notify all the Contracting Parties of the date of such entry into force. 4. and the Rule will then enter into force for this Party on the sixtieth day after this notification. He shall also communicate to them all declarations concerning the non-application of certain Rules that any Contracting Party may make in accordance with the terms of this paragraph.

Article 4 1. ECE/RCTE/CONF. after having been established. within a period of six months from its notification by the Secretary-General. If. after this period. the Rule in question shall not enter into force for that Contracting Party until two months after it has formally accepted the amendment or two months after the lapse of a period of six months since the communication to that Party by the Secretary-General of the proposed amendment./4 page 5 Article 3 The Rules annexed to this Agreement may be amended in accordance with the following procedure: 1. An amendment to the Rule. Amendments to Rules shall be established by the Administrative Committee as described in Articles 1 and 2 and in accordance with the procedure indicated in Appendix 1. An amendment to a Rule will be considered to be adopted unless. 3. more than one-third of the Contracting Parties applying the Rule at the time of notification have informed the Secretary-General of their disagreement with the amendment. the Secretary-General shall as soon as possible declare the amendment as adopted and binding upon those Contracting Parties applying the Rule who did not declare themselves opposed to it. the Secretary-General has not received declarations of disagreement of more than one-third of the Contracting Parties applying the Rule. Should a new Contracting Party accede to this Agreement between the time of the notification of the amendment to a Rule by the Secretary- General and its entry into force. shall be communicated by the Administrative Committee to the Secretary-General. When a Rule is amended and at least one-fifth of the Contracting Parties applying the unamended Rule subsequently declare that they wish to continue to apply the unamended Rule. Countries members of the Economic Commission for Europe. 2. and regional economic integration organizations set up by countries members of the Economic Commission for Europe to which their Member States have transferred powers . In this case the obligations of the Contracting Parties applying the Rule shall be the same as set out in paragraph 1. the unamended Rule will be regarded as an alternative to the amended Rule and will be incorporated formally as such into the Rule with effect from the date of adoption of the amendment or its entry into force. As soon as possible thereafter the Secretary- General shall give notification of this amendment to the Contracting Parties applying the Rule. countries admitted to the Commission in a consultative capacity in accordance with paragraph 8 of the Commission's Terms of Reference.

For the determination of the number of votes referred to in Article 2. paragraph 1 and in Article 3. Ratification or accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument with the Secretary-General of the United Nations. This Agreement shall come into force on the sixtieth day after five of the countries referred to in paragraph 1 of Article 4 thereof have signed it without reservation of ratification or have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession. 2. Article 5 1. regional economic integration organizations vote with the number of votes of their Member States being members of the Economic Commission for Europe. The Agreement shall be open for signature from 12 November 1997 until 30 June 1998 inclusive. may become Contracting Parties to this Agreement. 3. paragraph 2. Thereafter. it shall be open for accession. (c) by acceding to it. 5. regional economic integration organizations vote with the number of votes of their Member States being Members of the United Nations. paragraph 1 and in Article 3. including the power to make binding decisions on their Member States. Countries Members of the United Nations as may participate in certain activities of the Economic Commission for Europe in accordance with Paragraph 11 of the Commission's Terms of Reference and regional economic integration organizations of such countries to which their Member States have transferred powers in the fields covered by this Agreement including power to make binding decisions on their Member States may become Contracting Parties to this Agreement. (b) by ratifying it after signing it subject to ratification.ECE/RCTE/CONF. . Countries under paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article may become Contracting Parties to the Agreement: (a) by signing it without reservation to a ratification. 2. For the determination of the number of votes referred to in Article 2. 4. For any country ratifying or acceding to the Agreement after its entry into force this Agreement shall enter into force on the sixtieth day after the said country has deposited its instrument of ratification or accession./4 page 6 in the fields covered by this Agreement. paragraph 2.

declare by notification addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations that this Agreement shall extend to all or any of the territories for the international relations of which it is responsible. Article 8 1. . Any country may. in accordance with the provisions of Article 6. as from its entry into force. if on that day the Agreement has not yet entered into force. 2. Any Contracting Party may denounce this Agreement by so notifying the Secretary-General of the United Nations./4 page 7 Article 6 1. Any dispute which is not settled by negotiation shall be submitted to arbitration if any one of the Contracting Parties in dispute so requests and shall be referred accordingly to one or more arbitrators selected by agreement between the Parties in dispute. so far as possible. 2. 2. at the time of signing this Agreement without reservation of ratification or of depositing its instrument of ratification or accession or at any time thereafter. The decision of the arbitrator or arbitrators appointed in accordance with paragraph 2 of this Article shall be binding on the Contracting Parties in dispute. If within three months from the date of the request for arbitration the Parties in dispute are unable to agree on the selection of an arbitrator or arbitrators. Any dispute between two or more Contracting Parties concerning the interpretation or application of this Agreement shall. Article 7 1. be settled by negotiation between them. any of those Parties may request the Secretary-General of the United Nations to nominate a single arbitrator to whom the dispute shall be referred for decision. The Agreement shall extend to the territory or territories named in the notification as from the sixtieth day after its receipt by the Secretary-General or. ECE/RCTE/CONF. Any country which has made a declaration in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Article extending this Agreement to any territory for whose international relations it is responsible may denounce the Agreement separately in respect of that territory. Denunciation shall take effect twelve months after the date of receipt by the Secretary-General of such notification. 3.

but any Contracting Party may.ECE/RCTE/CONF. Article 10 The text of the Agreement itself and of its Appendices may be amended in accordance with the following procedure: 1. as soon as possible. in accordance with the terms of Article 1. and shall be of no effect whatever. who shall transmit it to all Contracting Parties and inform all other countries referred to in paragraph 1 of Article 4 thereof. declare that it does not consider itself bound by Article 8 of the Agreement. declare that it does not propose to apply certain of the Rules or that it does not propose to apply any of them. the amendment shall be deemed not to have been accepted./4 page 8 Article 9 1. the amendment shall enter into force for all Contracting Parties three months after the expiry of the period of six months referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article. 2. If an objection to the proposed amendment has been expressed. 3. notify all Contracting Parties whether an objection to the proposed amendment has been expressed. Each Contracting Party may. ratifying or acceding to this Agreement. Any Contracting Party may propose one or more amendments to this Agreement and its Appendices. at the time of signing. 3. Any Contracting Party having entered a reservation as provided for in paragraph 1 of this Article may at any time withdraw such reservation by notifying the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The text of any proposed amendment to the Agreement and its Appendices shall be transmitted to the Secretary-General. If no such objection has been expressed. The Secretary-General shall. Any proposed amendment circulated in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Article shall be deemed to be accepted if no Contracting Party expresses an objection within a period of six months following the date of circulation of the proposed amendment by the Secretary-General. No other reservation to this Agreement or to the Rules annexed thereto shall be permitted. . 2. Other Contracting Parties shall not be bound by Article 8 in respect of any Contracting Party which has entered such a reservation.

____________ . Article 13 After 30 June 1998 the original of this Agreement shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations. have signed this Agreement. who shall transmit certified true copies to each of the countries mentioned in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 4 thereof. (e) declarations and notifications received in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 9. the undersigned. DONE at Vienna on 13 November 1997 in a single copy in the English. Article 12 Bodies or establishments designated and directly supervised by the Contracting Party may carry out periodical technical inspections in accordance with this Agreement on behalf of an other Contracting Party. ramifications and accessions in accordance with Article 4. each text being equally authentic. (b) the dates of entry into force of this Agreement in accordance with Article 5. being duly authorized thereto. French and Russian languages. * * * IN WITNESS WHEREOF. 3 and 5 of this Agreement. (c) denunciations in accordance with Article 6. (f) the entry into force of any amendment in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 3. ECE/RCTE/CONF./4 page 9 Article 11 In addition to the notification provided for in Articles 2. (g) the entry into force of any amendment in accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 5. the Secretary-General of the United Nations shall notify the Contracting Parties of: (a) signatures. (d) notifications received in accordance with Article 7.

A quorum of not less than half of the Contracting Parties applying the Rule is required for the purposes of taking decisions. Article 3 The Committee shall. For the determination of the quorum. Each country.ECE/RCTE/CONF. being Contracting Parties to the Agreement. Contracting Party to the Agreement applying the Rule shall have one vote. The representative of a regional economic integration organization may deliver the votes of its constituent sovereign countries./4 page 10 Appendix 1 COMPOSITION AND RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE Article 1 The members of the Administrative Committee shall be composed of all the Contracting Parties to the Agreement. Article 4 The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall convene the Committee under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Europe whenever a new Rule or an amendment to a Rule is required to be established. at its first session each year. vote with the number of votes of their Member States. Each country. regional economic integration organizations. being Contracting Parties to the Agreement. vote with the number of votes of their Member . New Draft Rules shall be established by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting. A quorum consisting of not less than half of the Contracting Parties is required for the purposes of taking decisions. For the determination of the quorum regional economic integration organizations. Article 2 The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe shall provide the Committee with secretariat services. Article 6 Proposed amendments to Rules shall be put to the vote. elect a Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Article 5 Proposed new Rules shall be put to the vote. Contracting Party to the Agreement shall have one vote.

ECE/RCTE/CONF. The representative of a regional economic integration organization may deliver the votes of those of its constituent sovereign countries which apply the Regulation./4 page 11 States. _______ . Draft Amendments to Rules shall be established by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting.

5 of the International Technical Inspection Certificate. granting the approval of compliance with the inspection requirements of the relevant Rule(s) annexed to the 1997 Vienna Agreement. _________ . Items of the certificate and their content shall be printed in the national language of the issuing Contracting Party by maintaining the numbering. Handwritten. 12. A sample of them shall be transmitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for information to the Contracting Parties./4 page 12 Appendix 2 INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATE 1. with a green cover and white inside pages. 2. 3. The International Technical Inspection Certificate shall contain the information indicated hereafter. shall be in Latin characters. typed or computer generated entries on the International Technical Inspection Certificate to be made exclusively by the competent authorities. Accredited Technical Inspection Centres are responsible for conducting the inspection tests.ECE/RCTE/CONF. 4. The periodical inspection reports which are in use in the Contracting Parties to the Agreement may be used as an alternative. 5. and specifying the latest date of next inspection to be indicated in line No. It may be a booklet in format A6 (148x105 mm). the model of which is reproduced hereafter. or a sheet of green or white paper of format A4 (210x197) folded to format A6 in such a way that the section containing the distinguishing sign of the state or of the United Nations forms the top of the folded Certificate.

...........)))))))))))))))))))))- ... 2/ Title in French.................. * Space for the * * distinguishing * * sign of the state * * or of the UN * .......... (Administrative Authority responsible for technical inspection) .......... ECE/RCTE/CONF......................... . 1/ CERTIFICAT INTERNATIONAL DE CONTROLE TECHNIQUE 2/ 1/ Title " INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATE" in national language./4 page 13 Appendix 2 (cont'd) CONTENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATE +)))))))))))))))))))))......

....... The vehicle has to undergo its next technical inspection according to the Rule(s) under No 6 not later than: Date: (month/year). Signature...................................................... 7....................................................... 2....... 1/ 4......... 2/ 1/ If available.... 1 and 2 which complies at the date under No 5 with the Rule(s) annexed to the 1997 Agreement on the Adoption of Uniform Conditions for Periodical Technical Inspections of Wheeled Vehicles and the Reciprocal Recognition of such Inspections.................... 11............................................. Date . authority and state where the vehicle was registered for the first time after its manufacture....... Date of first registration after the manufacturer. 3...... Issued by .ECE/RCTE/CONF.................. At(Place)........................................... First registration after the manufacture (State.............. 2/ Seal or stamp of the authority issuing the certificate.. 9... Date of the technical inspection................ Vehicle identification No.. CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE 6.............. This certificate is issued for the vehicle identified under Nos.......... Licence plate (Registration) No............... ............. 10... 8....... 5...../4 page 14 Appendix 2 (cont'd) INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATE 1............................. Authority)..

...... ______________ ../4 page 15 Appendix 2 (cont'd) 12...........3.5....................5 to be repeated if the Certificate is to be used for subsequent annual periodical technical inspections........... 12... ECE/RCTE/CONF...1...... 2/ 12........ Subsequent periodical technical inspection(s) 1/ 12... (stamp) 12............ Next inspection due not later then:(month/year).. Done by (Technical inspection Centre)..... 1/ Items 12.. 12......1 to 12.............4....2......... Signature........ Address... Date............. State of the Technical Inspection Centre accredited by the competent Authority........ 2/ Name...

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